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WATCH THIS: New tourism ad for Fresno/Clovis Convention and Visitors Bureau. [YouTube]

TRENDING: Fresno, thanks to CBS 47, is at forefront of “Teoing.” [Huffington Post]

NEWS: Deadline looms in fight about trash outsourcing. [The Bee]

TAKE THIS: Season-end survey for Fresno’s downtown ice rink. [SurveyMonkey]

VINTAGE: Flier of first shows from Fresno’s Cadillac Club. [Facebook]

THROWBACK JAM OF THE WEEK: “Fresneck” the song. [YouTube]

WTF FRESNO: “Homeless” man tosses urine container in office building. [The Bee]

GOOD NEWS: Valley home prices up in December. [News Blog]

NEW ON THE WEB: The “I Believe in Downtown Fresno” pledge. []

FACEBOOK FIGHT OF THE WEEK: About this ^^^ [Facebook]

DROP THAT CLASS: Fresno State lecturer — with crazy eyes — arrested. [The Bee]

READ THIS: The teacher’s reviews from his students. [Rate My Professor]

YELP REVIEW OF THE WEEK: Vegetarian review of Doghouse Grill. [Yelp]

Best sandwich in the Central Valley?


On Wednesday, the Travel Channel’s “Best Sandwich in America” wound down a few months’ worth of shows and crowned a winner. After crossing the country and narrowing it down to 10 finalists, host Adam Richman (of “Man vs. Food” fame) handed the best sandwich honor to the roast pork sandwich at DiNic’s in Philadelphia.

The other day, I caught the episode where Richman picked his West Coast winner. Not surprisingly, the three sandwiches featured on the show came from San Francisco, San Diego and Los Angeles. The San Diego sandwich was eventually picked the best on the West Coast. It came from Phil’s BBQ and — are you ready for this, Fresnans? — was a tri-tip sandwich.

All this got me pondering: What’s the best sandwich in Fresno? There’s the tri-tip at Doghouse Grill, Le Grilled Cheese at Dusty Buns, TBA at Sunnyside Deli, any number of options at Sam’s Italian Deli or Piemonte’s or my current fave, the jalapeno pulled-pork at Keith’s BoxCar Cafe. And that’s just Fresno. What about Madera and Visalia and Kingsburg and Sanger and the rest?

So let’s open this one to your comments: What’s the best sandwich in the Central Valley? The Beehive apologizes in advance for any tummy-rumbling this may cause.

What are the five eateries someone new to Fresno should try immediately?


As I wrote in my Friday Bee column last week, I recently celebrated my 10-year anniversary as a Fresnan. Also, my sister just accepted a job and moved here. Both had me thinking back to being a Fresno newb and exploring the city for the first time.

In my case, I was luck to meet some cool peeps who took me to some under-the-radar jewels of the city. In my sister’s case, my wife and I are trying to introduce her to the best Fresno has to offers.

So, of course, one of the first places we took her for dinner was Dusty Buns Bistro (pictured). As we drove home that night, remarking how wonderful Dusty Buns was as always, I tried to pin down a list of five local eateries a Fresno newb needs to experience. My list — for a variety of food types and experiences — would include Dusty Buns (so good), Doghouse Grill (a staple), Keith’s Box Car Cafe (my current addiction), La Elegante (tacos to die for) and Me-N-Ed’s (it’s a Fresno icon). I’m not saying these are the five best restaurants in town, rather these are five that I’d want to share because they’re interesting, historic, trending, etc.

I figured this would also make a good blog topic. So I turn it over to you all: What are the five local eateries you’d recommend a new Fresnan taste immediately?

How long before you try Buffalo Wild Wings?


So Buffalo Wild WIngs opened its doors on Monday. If you’re just learning this now, sorry, you weren’t one of the first 100 people who will be getting free wings for a year.

But Fresno did get another wing spot, one that I hope will be better than Wing Stop (meh). BWW’s opening also makes the Shaw/Chestnut intersection, which it shares with across-the-street neighbor Doghouse Grill one of the most hellacious for parking — especially while we all go wild during BWW’s honeymoon phase.

This got me thinking about how much we Fresno folks love new chain restaurants, which is just a tad bit more than the we Fresno folks love to put down those chain-worshippers. It’s a pretty amusing co-dependent relationship.

So here’s the question: How long until you try out Buffalo Wild Wings? I know people on various sides of this — the people who have to try new places ASAP and will wait for hours to do so, the people who wait a month or so for the crowds to die down and the people who wear their disinterest like a badge of honor. Vote below:

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Where would you send Apolo Anton Ohno to eat in Fresno?

Olympic gold medalist Apolo Anton Ohno was in Fresno on Monday for a book signing at Barnes & Noble. Before he arrived, he sent out this Tweet:


Like the chain restaurant-loving Fresnans that we are, we answered with Cheesecake Factory, In-N-Out, Cheesecake Factory, Macaroni Grill and Cheesecake Factor/Elephant Bar. On the flip side, a few people stepped up with local options — Doghouse Grill, Campagnia and a trifecta of Max’s, Cracked Pepper and Elbow Room.

A similar topic came up recently in a discussion with my wife: If you’re a celeb traveling from city to city and you can have pretty much whatever you want, would you try local places or stick to chains, where you know where you’re going to get? You know my answer. But maybe Apolo Ohno would happily hit up Cheesecake Factorys all across the land. For what it’s worth: I would have sent him to La Elegante.